OSAGE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA remains largely unchanged as the original Wild West with true cowboys, proud Osages, wild horses, bison, the tallgrass prairie, pristine lakes, and rich traditions.
Think that is a lot to roll into one county? Well, it’s a big county ~ the largest in Oklahoma. Larger than either Rhode Island or Delaware, Osage County’s people, history and culture will create a memorable visit for you and your family.
Ree Drummond, cookbook author, blogger and host of the Pioneer Woman cooking show on the Food Network, has recently renovated an historic building where she has opened a deli, bakery and mercantile store called "The Pioneer Woman Mercantile." The grand opening was Oct. 31, 2016, but locals now refer to it as, "The Merc," and it has become a popular destination spot of many tourists. Not only can you dine on some of Ree's favorite recipes, but you can also go upstairs and view the bakery through the viewing windows while you enjoy a cup of coffee and pastry. In addition, the Pioneer Woman had now opened the Boarding House as well which is a luxury boutique hotel with rustic elegance in an upscale western atmosphere. Both are located in the center of downtown Pawhuska!
Home to a number of Native American and Western artists, Osage County is becoming a popular destination for those seeking original works of art and sculpture. In Hominy, stop by the Cha Tullis Art Gallery, featuring Native American art, on Main St. In Pawhuska, visit Sister's Attic and Clifton's, located on Main St. or the Water Bird Gallery at 134 E. 6th St., which carry the esteemed work of Native American artists.
Adventure awaits you at colorful pow wows, crowd-pleasing rodeos, and small town festivals. Osage County is the home of western film star, Ben Johnson, and a memorial steer roping is held in his honor every year in June! The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve now includes the headquarters and bunkhouse where Ben Johnson spent much of his younger years and brought home a friend or two, like John Wayne. Yes, I said John Wayne!
Enjoy world-class Osage museums, thrilling Osage Casinos, and eclectic shops selling Made-in-Oklahoma products, antiques and vintage items.
When it's time for a break, tickle your taste buds with some savory home cookin’ or fine dining cuisine! Good cooking is found from Mandy's in Shidler on the northwestern edge of the county to a delicious buffalo burger at Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve located just off of Hwy 123 between Barnsdall and Bartlesville. Be sure to check out The Grill 125 in Pawhuska and Senor Salsa in Skiatook, just to name a few!
Seek solace in deep blue Osage lakes and wooded state parks, then relax in one of our cozy cabins or bed and breakfasts surrounded by wide open spaces dotted with bison and wild horses.
To fully experience the prairie in its natural state, plan a visit to the Joseph H. Williams Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, the largest (39,000 acres) protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Managed by the Nature Conservancy since 1989, the Preserve is home to approximately 2,500 free-ranging bison.
Osage County rewards visitors of all ages with real Western experiences all year long, so come roam our hills and scenic byways and find an adventure to call your own. Spanning over 2,200 square miles, in Osage County there’s plenty of room for everyone! See you in the Osage!
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